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Glutton for Voice

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It's no secret to those who know me that I love studying anything and everything related to the voice. My latest pursuit is through the New York Singing Teachers Association. They offer live courses and webinars on a variety of topics. My first foray into the world of cyber study is anatomy and physiology of the voice which is presented by Dr. Scott McCoy of Westminster Choir College in Princeton, N.J. I've studies anatomy and physiology of the voice several times in the past, but I have to admit that Dr. McCoy's enthusiasm as he teaches makes it the best class I've ever had. The last lesson addressed lung capacity with students blowing into a baggie and then into a more accurate measuring device. Now hold onto your hats, folks, it seems that one can get more air into the lungs with clavicular breathing---HORRORS!!!! It's not so much how you take in the air as how you manage it on the exhale/sound production. Who knew? I knew that part, but CLAVICULAR BREATHING--my first teacher is rolling over in her grave. I can't wait to find out what happens next in our little cyber-classroom. Oh, and men and women are different! It seems that women use their lower abs in addition to the upper and men do not. It has something to do with the difference in pelvic structure. Recess is over----back to class!


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